Results: All-Star Boxing on NBC Deportes
By Hector Franco
Last night at the A La Carte Event Pavilion in Tampa, FL fans were treated to a night of exciting fights. In the main event of the telecast, WBO Latino super flyweight champion, Ricardo Rodriguez (14-3) took on David Quijano (16-5-1). It was an exciting back and forth brawl. Rodriguez was able to land the cleaner and more effective punches throughout every round. Quijano kept the pressure on Rodriguez all night and had his moments. A nasty cut formed on the side of Rodriguez’s head that caused blood to be spilled all over the canvas. It’s unclear if the cut came from a punch or a head butt, but there were many clashes of the head throughout the bout. After many rounds, the action produced by both men caused the crowd to stand up and applause. At the end of the night, Rodriguez won a unanimous decision with scores of 98-92 by all three judges.
The undercard featured some great middleweight and welterweight action. The first televised bout featured Luis Sanchez winning a dominant four round decision over Euris Silverio. Sanchez won by scores of 40-36 three times. In the welterweight bout, local favorite from Tampa, FL, Mark Reyes took on Niko Browne. Reyes was able to show the difference in class as he easily disposed of Browne and got the TKO in round 2. Reyes has the potential to be a future contender in the welterweight division.
The fighter on the card that brought the most fans to the arena was Tampa’s Sammy “Hurricane” Valentin (7-0 with 5 knockouts). Valentin fights in the welterweight division and took on Greg Jackson (6-2-1). Jackson caused some issues with his height and reach in the bout making it more difficult for Valentin to land clean punches to the head. Valentin, however, was able to make an immediate adjustment and proceeded to put a beating on Jackson’s body. Valentin at only 22 years of age throws body punches like a veteran. The body shots landed cleanly and could be heard throughout the arena. These punches caused Jackson to throw his offense sparingly. Apart from some occasional right hands that landed, Jackson was unable to land many effective punches on Valentin. Valentin won a unanimous decision victory by scores of 60-54 three times.
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